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St. Lawrence Central announces finalists for superintendent job

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BRASHER FALLS - One of the finalists for the upcoming superintendent vacancy at St. Lawrence Central School is an administrator in the district, while the other candidate is also a finalist at a neighboring district.

The St. Lawrence Central School Board of Education has narrowed their search down to Lisa L. Grenville and Stephen J. Vigliotti to replace Stephen M. Putman, who has served as district superintendent since 2005 and plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Ms. Grenville began working in the St. Lawrence Central School District in August 2005 when she was appointed as the elementary school principal. She took over as high school principal in September 2012 and also serves as the district’s special education director.

Mr. Vigliotti has been the superintendent of schools at the General Brown Central School District in Dexter since 2002. He is also a finalist for an upcoming superintendent vacancy at Norwood-Norfolk Central School.

St. Lawrence Central initially had 10 candidates apply for the position, and that list was narrowed own to three individuals who were brought in for community interviews with administrators, teachers and community members.

“We did three with the community and narrowed it down to two candidates,” board of education President James K. Lattimer said.

The board of education is meeting in executive session on Wednesday and Thursday to interview the finalists, and they plan to make their selection on March 6.

“They’ll probably be in for all-day interviews,” Mr. Lattimer said.

Both candidates have performed well in interviews, he said.

“Lisa is extremely knowledgeable and is very dedicated to the students at the school,” he said. “When she tackles a job, you absolutely know what’s going on. She’s always enthusiastic.”

He said Ms. Grenville did “a fantastic job” during her tenure as elementary school principal.

“As CSE (Committee on Special Education) chair, she went in and she knows everything there is to know about the job she’s doing,” Mr. Lattimer said.

He said Mr. Vigliotti, who was previously the junior and senior high school principal at General Brown from 1999 to 2002 “interviewed very well” and had the experience of being a superintendent under his belt.

“I would have expected nothing other than the right answers from him because of his position,” Mr. Lattimer said.

At Norwood-Norfolk Central School, meanwhile, Mr. Vigliotti is one of the finalists for a position currently held by Elizabeth A. Kirnie, who will be retiring at the end of the school year.

The other finalists are James M. Cruikshank and James D. Donnelly Jr. The district received 14 applications for the position.

Mr. Cruikshank currently serves as principal at A.A. Kingston Middle School in Potsdam, a position he has held since 2007.

He was previously dean of students from 2006 to 2007, director of athletics from 2002 to 2003 and a math and science teacher from 1992 to 2007. All of the positions were with the Potsdam Central School District.

Mr. Donnelly has previous superintendent experience in the Lake Placid Central School District. He currently serves at 7-12 principal and director of school improvement in the Granville Central School District, Granville, a position he has held since 2011.

Before assuming his current position, Mr. Donnelly was superintendent of schools at the Lake Placid Central School District from 2008 to 2009 and 7-12 principal at Dolgeville Central School from 1993 to 2008.

All three candidates have had initial interviews with the district’s board of education. The board of education expects to conduct a final interview in early March.

They expect to name a new superintendent no later than April 1, with the new superintendent beginning duties on July 1.

The Massena Central School District will soon be advertising for a superintendent to replace Roger B. Clough II, who will be leaving when his contract expires in June.

Mr. Clough, who had been with the district since 1995 as a teacher and administrator had notified the Massena Central School Board of Education in June that he did not wish to renew his contract, which expires on June 30, 2013. He intends to officially tender his resignation on or about June 1, 2013.

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